Halicampus brocki

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Tasselled pipefish
Halicampus brocki, Sulawesi.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Halicampus
H. brocki
Binomial name
Halicampus brocki
Herald, 1953
  • Micrognathus brocki Herald, 1953

Halicampus brocki, the tasselled pipefish, or Brock’s pipefish, is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Indo-Pacific, from southern Japan, Guam and the Marshall Islands to the central east and west coasts of Australia.[1] It lives on coral and rocky reefs with algae, to depths of 45 metres (148 ft).[2] It can grow to lengths of 12 centimetres (4.7 in), and is expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefish.[1] This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[2] The specific name honours Vernon E.Brock who was the Director of the Fish and Game Department in Honolulu.[3].


This species can be identified by its slender body, long, branched filaments on the head, and short skin flaps on the body. It is whitish, yellowish, or pale brown, often with brown bars on the snout and pale bars on the body.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Kuo, T. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Halicampus brocki". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65367566A67624462. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T65367566A67624462.en.
  2. ^ a b Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. P. 298
  3. ^ Schultz, L. P.; E. S. Herald; E. A. Lachner; A. D. Welander & L. P. Woods (1953). "Fishes of the Marshall and Marianas islands. Vol. I. Families from Asymmetrontidae through Siganidae". Bulletin of the United States National Museum (202): 1–685. doi:10.5479/si.03629236.202.1. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J. & Dianne J. Bray, Halicampus brocki in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Dec 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3184